Desert Nights, Rising Stars Conference at the Virginia P. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University
When Words Won't Come
Jac Jemc, Malka Older, Amy K. Nichols
Thursday, February 22, 2018, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
What happens when the page stretches out in front of you and the words remain stagnant? How do you bring yourself to write when the words just won’t flow? All writers have ideas and hesitations on where to begin. Learn from these authors on how to spin stories from the everyday and how the act of writing becomes as important as the writing itself.
Location: Heritage, University Club
Genre: Mixed Genre, Writing Life
Thursday, February 22, 2018, 2:45 to 3:45 p.m.
From the absences of Sappho to the specters of Henry James, the idea of haunting presents itself in many forms throughout literature. In this session we'll explore haunting as narrative driver and resonance builder. Whether you're interested in building a traditional ghost story, a tale of unrequited love or lingering grief, or lacing your work with outside influences, this session will help anyone looking for ways of building theme and image-based collateral in a variety of genres.
Location: Basha, Old Main
Genre: Fiction, Mixed Genre
Friday, February 23, 2018, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
In his essay, “The Perception of Reality,” William James posed the question, “Under what circumstances do we think things are real?” We’ll use this question as a jumping off point to examine how it is we generate feelings of authenticity in our fiction using different frameworks. How can voice be used to indicate truth? How can stories within stories aid the attempt at making meaning? How can a structure that supports multiple levels of fact or fiction strengthen the overall effect of the narrative and serve as a platform for the objective of the piece?
Location: Traditions, University Club
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24
Closing of the Festival: "Live Magazine Show"
Collaborative teams of artists and writers from Chicago and Mexico participating in this edition, who will present their creations, hybrid performances with multimedia base.
This year's participants include:
- Aura Xilonen + Coya Paz
- Eduardo Rabasa + Danny Giles
- Carla Faesler + Selina Trepp + Nate Marshall
- Amalia Pica + Jac Jemc
- Erika L. Sanchez and special guests
These works will be presented for the first and only time in the Festival LIT & LUZ In previous editions Luis Felipe Fabre, Guadalupe Nettel, Julieta Venegas, Verónica Gerber Bicecci, Álvaro Enrigue and many others participated.
FSG Originals and the Writer/Editor Relationship
Virginia Barber Middleton Memorial Stage, Sponsored by USC, Exhibit Hall, Tampa Convention Center, T
Friday, March 9, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm
Since 2011, FSG Originals has maintained a mission to publish "voices that insist on being heard, stories that demand to be told, writers who are compelled to show us something new. They defy categorization and expectation. They are, in a word, original." It's a mission exemplified in the relationship that editor Emily Bell, Director of FSG Originals, has built and sustained with a number of authors, such as Amelia Gray, Lindsay Hunter, Catherine Lacey, and Laura van den Berg, among others. Bell introduced these writers' work to mainstream publishing, and insisted on developing their second—and sometimes third—books, in the face of consolidating and shifting market expectations. On this panel, Emily Bell will join a handful of the authors published at FSG Originals to discuss the writer/editor relationship, the virtues of experimenting with established systems, and standing up for weird books.
STAGE TWO 618 S MICHIGAN AVE, CHICAGO IL, 60605
This event will begin with a reading by Poetry MFA candidate Mica Woods, followed by a reading with author Jac Jemc, and finally a discussion with Jac and editor Halimah Marcus about recent trends in contemporary publishing.
THE MONSTER WITHIN
Physical and psychological hauntings plague the characters in new novels by Fiona Maazel (More Than Human) and Jac Jemc (The Grip of It). Join them for a discussion of how they summon the monsters within.
Session Location: Capitol Extension 2.016
Signing Location: Main Signing Tent
A conversation between Jac Jemc (The Grip of It) and Jessica Anne (A Manual for Nothing) related to MAKE magazine’s new book featuring a decade of its best work. They will discuss their own writings, blurring the lines of fiction and nonfiction, the meaning of literary art, and participating in MAKE’s Lit & Luz Festival.
Columbia College Chicago
1104 S Wabash, Chicago IL
Fine Arts 107
Northeastern Illinois University
Reading and Conversation with Kristen Iskandrian
1474 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL
From the absences of Sappho to the ghosts of Henry James to the longing-fueled chases driving Laura van den Berg's stories, the idea of haunting presents itself in many forms throughout literature. In this session we'll explore haunting as narrative driver and resonance builder by reading examples of different modes of haunting and appropriating their forms. Whether you're interested in building a traditional ghost story, a tale of unrequited love or lingering grief, or playing with erasures of source materials, this course can help anyone looking for ways of building theme and image-based collateral in a variety of genres.
You have a solid manuscript of your novel and you’re ready to find it a home, but where do you start? Getting a novel published takes time, consideration, and tons of research. In this class we’ll explore how to find agents that might be a good fit for your work.We’ll look at examples of strong query letters, and then draft our own to ensure that the craft of those letters is as compelling as the novel you’re pitching
7 p.m. at The Ames Library’s Beckman Auditorium.
Join the Poetry Center of Chicago at Innertown Pub for the July installment of the Six Points Reading Series!
In 2016 we continue to move to a variety of rotating locations throughout Chicago, and we're grateful for the community partnerships we've been able to develop as a result of this. As always, our readings are free and open to the public. This reading is 21+
This month we are pleased to welcome Kevin Coval and Jac Jemc. Curated and hosted by Danielle Susi.
1935 W Thomas St, Chicago, Illinois 60622
In this class, we'll focus on finishing up pieces that have been lingering in the almost finished state and getting them ready to send out for submission. We'll workshop stories that are in the near-final draft state for fine-tuning and polishing, discuss the formatting and structure that will be received best by editors, and explore the possible venues that might be a good fit for work. We'll draft and revise cover letters and talk about how to track and manage our work in the process of submitting it.
Students should bring at least one (more welcome) story or essay that is in progress to revise and prepare for publication during the course of this class. Week One: Why Publish? The Benefits of Community. Week Two: Final Draft Workshop. Week 3: Formatting and Reading with an Editor's Eye. Week 4: Finding the Proper Venue. Week 5: Cover Letters. Week 6: Tracking Submissions and Creating Good Submission Habits. This class is appropriate for anyone looking to begin sending work out or refine their methods of doing so.
The world of publishing stories and essays can be overwhelming and inscrutable. How strong a piece needs to be, what editors look for, how to find the right outlet for your work: there are no shortage of do’s and don’ts.
Demystify the publication process with this 4-week bootcamp on how to get published in literary journals. We’ll cover the major steps: making sure your piece is polished, identifying the best market for your work, and keeping careful track of your submissions.
You’ll write and get feedback on query letters, and talk about best practices when communicating with journals and editors. We’ll also discuss resources that can make the publishing process easier.
The class is perfect for writers who are ready to submit their short stories or essays, or who want to learn about the world of publishing.
You have a solid manuscript of your novel and you’re ready to find it a home, but where do you start?
Getting a novel published takes time, consideration, and tons of research. In this three-week class we’ll explore how to find agents and publishers that might be a good fit for your work while hashing out the literary landscape and fiction market.
We’ll discuss when is the right time—career-wise and draft-wise—to begin submitting a manuscript and what to do if the process deviates from what you expect. We’ll look at examples of strong query letters, and then draft and workshop your own to ensure that the craft of those letters is as strong and compelling as the novel you’re pitching.
Students can expect to leave the class with a query letter, a plan for contacting agents and publishers, and an understanding of the overall publication process.
Drinkers with Writing Problems is excited to announce our new monthly live lit show: Lit Up!
Each month, we will produce a show that highlights some of Chicago's most creative writers and performers, along with some of your favorite DWWP'ers. We feature all genres of writing from first person narrative to young adult fiction to poetry to whatever the writer decides to share with us.
We couldn't be more excited about this crackerjack box of stories. Please join us at Brisku's Bistro on Friday, March 25th at 8pm for our premiere event.
This month's performers include:
Bea Cordelia Sullivan-Knoff
Anita M. Mechler
and hosted by Elizabeth Gomez
Suggested donation $10
Chicago Humanities Festival
UIC Forum, Main Hall C
725 W Roosevelt Rd | Chicago, IL | 60607
On the heels of this year’s anthology, Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed, Daum will share her inimitable blend of candor and provocation. Jac Jemc, author of A Different Bed Every Time, joins her for a conversation.